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Tuesday, October 04, 2005


EU threatens to downgrade Belarus trade status

From Business Week:

The EU warned Belarus Monday it would withdraw preferential trade rates unless it reforms its labor rights rules.

Belarus has 14 months to make changes guaranteeing trade union independence or it will face paying an extra 3 percentage points in trade tariffs.

In a September 2004 report, the International Labor Organization said that Belarus had "seriously infringed" on the basic civil liberties of its independent trade union leaders and called for guaranteed freedom of action for unions that have suffered interference in their internal affairs.

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